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SHANIA TWAIN
Album Title: UP!
Producer(s): Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Genre: COUNTRY
Label/Catalog Number: Mercury 088170
Source: PRINT
Originally Reviewed: November 30, 2002


This double-CD follow-up to Shania Twain's previous two multiplatinum efforts features both "pop" and "more pop" versions of 19 new Twain/Lange compositions. Both discs boast a signature Lange sound—crisp, punchy, multi-layered, with hooks for days. It's also quintessential Shania, light as vapor, sweet as sugar, rendered with personality and undeniable charisma. Twain works hard on such bouncy fare as the title cut, the swirling debut single "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!," and such interchangeable girl-power anthems as "She's Not Just a Pretty Face," "Nah!," "In My Car (I'll be the Driver)," and Latin-tinged "Juanita." The breezy "Forever and for Always" shows impressive range, and Twain infuses "I Ain't Goin' Down" with some passion. It's hard to stay UP! over the course of 19 cuts (never mind 38), and Twain's trademark vocal tricks do get repetitive. All the better for her fans, though; expect precious metal.—RW


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